A beautiful wayward young woman (Rita Moreno) has apparently committed suicide, however thirty-two friends engage the services of Detective Lucius Crane (Robert Middleton) to prove it was murder and ensure her a proper Catholic burial.
November 2, 2016 Subject:
A Very Good "The Fat Man"
The plot was a variation on the radio's "The Fat Man" with J Scott Smart in the title role as well as the 1951 movie of the same name. A very well paced and acted program - Robert Middleton did very well in his title role. I agree with another reviewer who wished this pilot had developed into a regular series.
September 30, 2012 Subject:
Fun and funny
Character actor Robert Middleton is entertaining in this well-produced if a little cliched pilot written by the team who would go on to create Columbo. The fat references sprinkled throughout the dialogue are funny for seeming a bit forced at times.
August 15, 2012 Subject:
Thanks for bringing this to us!
Wonder why the pilot didn't get taken up? This was way above the quality of any detective series; equal to specials like Playhouse 90.
There were a few dubious spots in the writing, like the overly literary harpsichord and Shakespeare stuff, and confusingly similar names for characters. (Martell, Lardelli, Caviolli, Marcel) But those couldn't have been cause to reject the whole thing.